To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

1 Peter 2:21


At times we face unjust suffering, not as extreme as Jesus’ crucifixion, but painful, nevertheless. This calls for us to look to Jesus as our example – to fix our eyes on him while enduring the pain. It calls for us to despise the shame that comes with possible abandonment, loss of reputation and dignity. Jesus would not let the suffering of shame take away from “the joy set before him” (Hebrews 12:2) and neither should we.

Would you have the courage:

  • to live like Jesus and be like Jesus, even if you’re in danger of being ostracized?
  • to stand up for Christ’s way, in a world that does not believe in him?
  • to speak out against what is wrong, even if it means persecution?
  • to lead humbly – a) having respect for those under you, b) open to others’ opinions, c) not controlling, and d) willing to be accountable to other leaders?

I was deeply hurt, suffered, and spoke out against what was wrong. Did it take courage? I don’t know. All I know is that I can see no other way to live.

I love Jesus, believe in his ways, and follow him in every way I can, though it has meant being persecuted and  ostracized. This, although I expressed my love and forgiveness to those who hurt me. Is there any other way to live but for Jesus?

…for they know not what they do.